Hey Rover-ites, today we are going to wrap-up our series on the Poodle dog breed with a popular cross variant called the Labradoodle. Ask any dog owner, dog sitter, or Seattle dog boarding facility owner and they will tell you that the Labradoodle breed has gained momentum as a popular dog breed over the last decade. The Labradoodle is not an official breed recognized by the American Kennel Club but is actually a cross between a Poodle and Labrador Retriever. However, for the sake of this post I will still refer to them as an independent “breed.”
The Labradoodle is actually a very young breed compared to other popular dog breeds in modern times. During the 1990s a retired veterinarian named Sir Donald Campbell was asked to make service dog for person with severe dog allergies. To meet the demands of such a task Campbell crossed a Labrador Retriever and Poodle together. This mixing was considered ideal because both breeds were known for their high level of intelligence (service dog qualifications) and minimal shedding (minimizing allergy reactions). The result dog was called a Labradoodle and along with having a high degree of intelligence and low shedding was also a very unique/cute looking dog. This additional quality helped the breed to quickly gain popularity outside of the service dog world with dog owners and dog sitters. However, before you run out and get this dog as a solution to all your dog problems be careful. Even though the Labradoodle was breed for people with acute dog allergies they are not perfect (after all they are still a dog). Also, the dog breed has significant risk for hip dysplasia and genetic eye problems due to its breeding lineage going back to the Poodle and Labrador Retriever.
Ok Rover-ties, that completes this blog series on Poodle. Hopefully all you dog lovers and dog sitters enjoyed learning about this fabulous breed. Be sure to come back for the next blog series on my personal favorite the Great Dane dog breed.